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UF IFAS Helps Florida Panhandle's Agricultural Producers

A pine savanna ecosystem in the Apalachicola National Forest shows pine trees damaged from Hurricane Michael.
Eleanor Clark

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting workshops to help combat damage to the Panhandle’s Agricultural industry.

The panhandle has lost $1.28 billion worth of timber. Additional losses of cotton and cattle push the price tag to $1.5 billion.

University of Florida Agriculture Institute Director, Glen Aiken says research and preparation will help for the future, “I think ultimately following the hurricane agriculture in that region I think it’s going to become even stronger through improvements we make and trying for one think come up with strategies to mitigate damage from future hurricanes.” 

IFAS will conduct on-farm research and hurricane recovery workshops beginning  February 12th. The first is slated for Blountstown.

Gabrielle Bolden is a fourth year broadcast journalism major attending Florida A&M University from Jacksonville, FL. Bolden is an aspiring multimedia producer. She previously served as a producer for News 20 at Five airing to at least 80,000 households, creating engaging content weekly. She pitched and wrote articles as a staff reporter for The FAMUAN Newspaper. She also produced the 2018 Election Night Special for News 20 at Five, covering state and local election races. Bolden interned for WCTV-Eyewitness News (CBS) producing a multimedia project covering the devastating wildfires in Eastpoint, Florida.